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SagadaMay 25, 2006


I've so many unlikely aspirations, most of them I've resigned to wishful thinking. Uncannily though, most have happened one by one, either through uncontrollable twist of fate or a forceful desire to make it happen. At any rate, I'm led to conclude that if you desire something badly enough, the universe conspires to make it happen...for good or bad. I can enumerate a few - Burning Man, living in a different country, backpacking in Europe, a life of nomadic mobility, etc. Some of these have happened at a cost I'm not necessarily willing to trade for, but hey, it's there. In the latest turn of events, another aspiration has taken shape - living in Sagada.

I've been a frequent visitor of Sagada since the early 80s when all roads leading to it were as rough as mountain bike trails. Its allure is magical. It was in Sagada where I first listened to Reggae. At that time, I didn't even know what such music was called. With every visit, I discover a new facet of the place. It's no secret I've desired to spend a longer time there, not just a passing tourist, but to stay long enough to soak in its serenity and spectacular landscape. I didn't think it would happen. I graduated from UP, started working and eventually left for New York. I didn't think I'd see the Philippines again, let alone live in Sagada. Now, it's a reality.

I don't know what's in store for me here in Sagada. I'm here indefinitely...from 1 week to forever. I'll stay here for as long as it works out. On the visible horizon, I can see opportunities in pottery, culinary pursuits, mountain bike rides and yoga. With the availability of broadband connection, I'll be pursuing web challenges like animation, programming and search engine optimization. It's all epidermal though...excuses I tell my friends why I moved here. Truthfully, I don't know why I moved here, except for the fact that it called out to me from day 1.

A UP Syndrome
I kinda felt that way about UP. Upon entering UP again, this time not to make the grade, but to genuinely learn, I thought it was the next best thing since slice bread. It was 2 years of fun, learning, and meeting a lot people. As good as it got, I felt the need to move on. I wonder how long I'll stay in Sagada until the need to move on kicks in again. Then where do I go?

A Look Ahead
This starts a new chapter in my life. Already, I've met some fascinating people who gave me a glimpse of what's up ahead. The future looks bright and promising but not without its challenges. I eagerly await the coming of the next day and experience what it unfolds for me.

--- TheLoneRider

Reader Comments:

Carrie Hunter
(Jan 18, 2007) I am very envious of your life, and must admit, it sounds rather fantastic. Life is absolutely too fleeting to NOT do as you wish. So, congratulations on following your life journey.

Karen Norton
(July 5, 2006) You know, you've become almost mythical amongst our little former AIM/Trimark group. Every now and then someone will hear something from you (your travels/experiences) and it'll get passed along to the group.

DonaldDonald Y.
(July 5, 2006) ayus! mabuhay ka! marami kang naiinspire sa mga artik mo sa website.. galing!

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